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Four-pronged approach bracelet

A narrow band of herringbone serves as the base for prong-set crystals and drop beads
Dress up any outfit with this dainty bracelet adorned with crystals. Pair red and silver for a classic look.

bracelet 7 1⁄2 in. (19.1 cm) 

  • 5 6 mm Xilion two-hole prong-set crystals (Swarovski 17704, crystal metallic light gold)
  • 12 4 x 7 mm pendant drops (Swarovski 6007, Siam)
  • 6 2.8 mm drop beads (Toho 4201, Duracoat galvanized silver)
  • 3–4g 10/0 cylinder beads (Miyuki DB0254, bronze luster)
  • 1g 11/0 seed beads (Toho 993, gold- lined black diamond)
  • 1g 13/0 Charlottes (Czech, silver plated)
  • clasp 
  • 2 4–5 mm jump rings
  • Fireline or Wildfire 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
  • 2 pairs of pliers


1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail.

2. Pick up two 10/0 cylinder beads, sew through both of them again so they sit side by side, and continue through the first 10/0 once more.

Figure 1
3. Work in herringbone stitch: Pick up two 10/0s, and sew down through the adjacent 10/0 in the previous row. Pick up an 11/0 seed bead, and sew back through the second 10/0 just added (FIGURE 1,a–b). Repeat this stitch nine times (b–c).
4. Pick up two 13/0 Charlottes, sew through one hole of a 6 mm prong-set crystal, and pick up two Charlottes and two 10/0s. Sew through both 10/0s again so they sit side by side (FIGURE 2, a–b). Pick up two Charlottes, sew through the other hole of the 6 mm, pick up two Charlottes, and sew through the 10/0 adjacent to the one your thread exited at the start of this step (b–c).

5. Pick up a Charlotte, a 4 x 7 mm pendant drop, and a Charlotte. Sew through the adjacent 10/0 (c–d), and then sew through the next six 10/0s in the adjacent column (d–e).
Figure 3
6. Pick up a Charlotte, a 2.8 mm drop bead, and a Charlotte, and sew through the adjacent 10/0 in the same direction (FIGURE 3, a–b). Pick up a Charlotte, sew through the 2.8 mm drop, pick up a Charlotte, and sew through the 10/0 your thread exited at the start of this step and the next five 10/0s in the column (b–c). Turn, and sew through the 10/0 in the adjacent column (c–d).
7. Pick up a Charlotte, a 4 x 7 mm pendant drop, and a Charlotte, and sew through the adjacent 10/0, the 10/0 your thread exited at the start of this step, and the remaining beads in this column (FIGURE 4).

8. Repeat steps 3–7 until you’ve added all the prong-set crystals, and then work a final 11-row section of herringbone.

9. Turn, and sew through the adjacent 10/0. Work steps 5–7 to embellish the final section of herringbone.

10. Exiting an end 10/0, pick up five Charlottes, and sew through the adjacent 10/0 to form a loop (PHOTO A). Retrace the thread path of the loop several times, and end the thread. Remove the stop bead at the other end, and repeat this step with the tail.

11. Open a jump ring, and attach an end loop to half of the clasp (PHOTO B). Repeat at the other end.


Make a ring!

Adapt this design to make a cute ring. Start with a strip of herringbone that wraps about halfway around your finger, and then add a two-hole crystal as in the bracelet. Continue the band until it is large enough for your finger, and stitch together the first and last rows using a herringbone thread path. Once the band is complete, attach a 2.8 mm drop bead on each side of the crystal.

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